Women's Basketball Set to Kick Off 2009-2010 Campaign Friday Night In Philadelphia

Nov. 12, 2009

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This Week: La Salle and Army

La Salle Explorers (0-0 overall, 0-0 A10)
Loyola Greyhounds (0-0 overall, 0-0 MAAC)
When: Friday, November 13
Where: Tom Gola Arena (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Time: 7 p.m.

Army Black Knights (0-0 overall, 0-0 Patriot)
Loyola Greyhounds (0-0 overall, 0-0 MAAC)
When: Sunday, November 15
Where: Reitz Arena
Time: 12 p.m.

Starting Off
Loyola will open the season with a pair of games this weekend against La Salle and Army. Friday, the `Hounds will travel up to Philadelphia for a 7 p.m. contest against La Salle, before returning to Evergreen for Sunday's home-opener against Army.

Scouting the Explorers
With a total of fourteen returning letterwinners and four of five starters, the Explorers return a wealth of experience. Morgan Robertson leads the team that was picked ninth in the preseason Atlantic 10 Coaches' Poll. The senior guard is coming off a strong season where she led the Explorers nearly across the board. Robertson notched double-digit points in 20 of 29 games in '08-'09, and double-digit rebounds in 12.

Scouting the Black Knights
Coming off a Patriot League semi-final appearance, the Black Knights are comprised of a strong mix of young and old. Junior forward Erin Anthony recently garnered preseason all-Patriot League accolades. Last season, Anthony led the conference in rebounds and was second in blocks. Anthony was ranked seventh in the Patriot League in scoring, and led the Black Knights with 12.3 points per game and 8.2 boards per game.

Grant Gets Preseason Nod
Senior Forward Kaitlin Grant was named preseason all-conference at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference media day in New York, N.Y., last month, being a awarded a third-team projection. Grant has played in all of Loyola's 90 games over the past three seasons and was last year's team MVP. The senior forward averaged 11.2 points per game and led Loyola with 8.1 rebounds per game and 55 steals and was second on the team with 97 assists. One of the MAAC's top rebounders last season, Grant had seven double-doubles and her team-high .486 field-goal percentage was fourth in the MAAC.

Lucky No. 7
The Greyhounds were picked seventh in the coaches' poll during last months' Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference media day, in New York, N.Y. Loyola received a total of 49 points in the poll. With 100 points, four-time defending champion Marist was unanimously picked as the conference's champs for the upcoming season and the Red Foxes' Rachele Fitz was touted as the preseason Player of the Year choice. Fitz has taken top honors in the MAAC the past two seasons and was named Rookie of the Year after her freshman season.Iona received 90 points and was the unanimous second place pick.

New Faces
The Greyhounds added two new freshmen to the mix this season. Katie Sheahin and Alyssa Sutherland come to Evergreen after standout prep careers. Sheahin, a guard out of nearby Brookeville, was a decorated player at Our Lady of Good Counsel. During her time with the Falcons, Sheahin was named Team MVP and helped her team to a 2005-2006 WCAC Championship and a No. 1 final ranking by the Washington Post. Sutherland, a forward, was a three-sport athlete at West Genesee High School in Syracuse, N.Y., and set the school's all-time scoring record. Both come from athletic backgrounds. Sutherland's mother played soccer at LeMoyne College and her father was an All-American wrestler at Buffalo. Sheahin's father played football for Ole' Miss and her two older brothers currently play football at Salisbury and Towson.